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Articles by Melissa Sweet

Brotherboys Yarnin’ Up – & other powerful stories for beating stigma: #IPCHIV14

The opening session of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne last night paid a powerful, emotional tribute to colleagues who died on flight MH 17. The importance of tackling discrimination and stigma was also a strong theme. Sharing peoples’ stories is a powerful way of helping to counter discrimination and stigma, according to these [...]

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Can an “Infrastructure Prime Minister” be a “Health Prime Minister”?

The third edition of Dr Tim Senior’s crowd-funded Wonky Health column investigates five ways that transport policies affect health. He says: “I am questioning an unthinking devotion to the car, at the expense of a transport system that enables all groups in a society to join in and contribute to that society.” Tim Senior writes: Tony [...]

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Antiretroviral therapies not the “silver bullet” for Indigenous peoples with HIV, AIDS

Marie McInerney reports: The use of antiretroviral therapies for prevention as well as treatment for HIV and AIDS should not be seen as a “silver bullet” and could actually widen the gap in health outcomes for Indigenous peoples, an international Indigenous conference has been told. Canadian First Nations health leader Dr Alexandra King said the [...]

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Why I will celebrate NAIDOC Week next year: Dr Chelsea Bond

The Guardian recently published an article by Nakkiah Lui, a Gamillaroi and Torres Strait Islander woman and writer, titled “Why this year’s NAIDOC week will be my last”. In response, Dr Chelsea Bond, an Aboriginal (Munanjahli) and South Sea Islander Australian and a senior lecturer with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at the University [...]

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Shock and grief at loss of HIV/AIDS researchers and advocates: #IPCHIV14

(This post was revised and updated on 19 July) Marie McInerney reports: The devastating news that some of the world’s leading HIV/AIDS researchers and advocates were on the downed Malaysia Airlines flight caused waves of shock and grief at an international Indigenous conference on HIV and AIDS in Sydney, and among the wider global health and [...]

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What works in suicide prevention? Previewing #NSPC14

The role of all sectors in preventing suicide will be under the spotlight at the National Suicide Prevention Conference in Perth next week.  Some of the challenges for researchers in evaluating suicide prevention measures are examined in the preview article below by freelance writer Matthew Giles, who will cover the event for the Croakey Conference Reporting [...]

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“Bugger the planet” – health experts on the repeal of the carbon tax

Australia today became the first country to dismantle an effective carbon market, taking a “monumentally reckless backward leap” that is an “economic attack on future generations” (and part of a wider pattern of this Federal Government’s attacks on the environment). As one scientist, Professor Roger Jones from Victoria University, stated at The Conversation, the repeal of the carbon [...]

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A call for action on reducing the risk of HIV to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

 Marie McInerney reports: Australian organisers of an international Indigenous conference on HIV and AIDS have opened the Sydney event with the release of new data and concerns that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are at risk of a “rapid escalation” of HIV and AIDS. Conference co-convenor Associate Professor James Ward said Australia is at [...]

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Putting Indigenous peoples on the HIV & AIDS global agenda: #IPCHIV14

An international Indigenous conference on HIV and AIDS will be held in Sydney this week, ahead of the 20th International AIDS conference in Melbourne next week. Marie McInerney previews the discussions below, and will cover the event for the Croakey Conference Reporting Service. Follow the discussions on Twitter at #IPCHIV14, and @ToddFernando will also be tweeting for [...]

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Recognise the importance of culture for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – 52 weeks of the year

“There are close to 500 million indigenous peoples the world over and if you think of the collective wisdom that represents that is extraordinary, why wouldn’t we be drawing on that in order how we progress as people?” Professor Ngiare Brown, of the Yuin nation. In her final report from the Healing Foundation’s recent Cultural [...]

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